Daytime Emmys: Kristian Alfonso (‘Days’) aims for her 1st nomination in over 30 years, then an overdue 1st win

Will the Daytime Emmys finally give Kristian Alfonso her due? She has played Hope Williams Brady on “Days of Our Lives” since 1983, but she only has one nomination to show for it: Best Younger Actress in 1985 (losing to Tracey E. Bregman for “The Young and the Restless”). Now one of the most beloved and longest running actors on the show’s canvas, she’s pre-nominated for Best Actress. Can she finally make a comeback?

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According to our latest racetrack odds, yes she will. She ranks fifth in our predictions with 5/1 odds, which puts her in line for her overdue first nomination as a leading lady. The award is ultimately expected to go to Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), but not everyone agrees. Three of our Top 24 Users (who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations) think Alfonso will win. And one of our All-Star Top 24 (who scored highest when you combine the last two years’ nominations) is betting on her to prevail as well.

Sometimes it takes the TV academy a few years to catch up. Consider Alfonso’s former “Days” co-star Alison Sweeney, who spent more than 20 years on the soap before she finally received her first Emmy nomination for Best Actress in 2015. And in 2014 voters finally gave Best Actress to daytime veteran Eileen Davidson for her most recent stint on “Days.” In fact, after years of “Days” being drastically underrepresented in the Best Actress race — it went from 1999 to 2011 without a single nomination in the category — the NBC serial has lately been getting its revenge. It has earned eight Best Actress noms in the last five years alone and won twice in the last three years: after Davidson’s victory Mary Beth Evans pulled off an upset in 2016.

So it often pays to be patient. Just ask the Daytime Emmys’ most famous bridesmaid, Susan Lucci, who had to endure 18 losses before she finally won Best Actress for “All My Children” in 1999. Voters usually come around eventually.

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5 thoughts on “Daytime Emmys: Kristian Alfonso (‘Days’) aims for her 1st nomination in over 30 years, then an overdue 1st win

  1. Well this gives me some hope (????). Good write up. Here’s my take, it all depends what she turns in. Kristian was the lead of leads on Days last year and I think she has several strong scenes she could turn in that could seal her a nomination along with a win. Yet, while she is on the prenom list, I have to keep in mind the committee in 2007 robbed her of a nomination when it was assured she would get one for her great work with Hope losing Zack to a hit a run accident that happened in 2006. I will pessimistic until otherwise.

    1. You are right Diane, Kristian should have won that year. Her scenes were griping. I was heartsick as I watched her scenes as a mother losing her child. It was some of her best work. I don’t usually get that pulled into a story but that story line and Kristian’s acting were over the top.

    2. I think Kristina Alfonso has been overlooked for years as a Daytime actress. She is my favorite. I not only think she should have won for the death of her son but now also for the death of her husband whom they have been paired for over thirty years. She is beautiful, talented and very professional. This woman epitomizes the word woman. She is such a joy to watch. I do not watch the show if she is not acting on that day. I have prayed for her top win. I think that Day time know this woman not only deserves a Day time Emmy but she also deserves her own star on the hollywood walk of fame.

  2. I’m really hoping she wins. After yrs and yrs of hard work and some pretty intense storylines, she’s due–LONG OVERDUE.
    But win or lose, shes DEFINITELY A WINNER IN MY BOOK!!!!! #teamkristian#dool

  3. I “Hope” this is the win for Kristian!! She is such a warm human being and actress. She is magnificent when she has a small part of the action and magnificent when she is the heroine or the one being beat up on!!!!!

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